Red nosed bug in Chinese school
May 16, 2010
Hi Bugman,
This crazy looking bug flew into my classroom here in China. The kids tried to stamp on him but I managed to save him and pop him back out the window.
I’m intrigued to know what he is, I assumed his name would mention the huge red nose he’s sporting, but I’m not having any luck searching.
Joe in China
Guangzhou, South China

Lanternfly

Hi Joe,
This is a Fulgorid Planthopper, and it is sometimes called a Lanternfly.  This species is Pyrops candelarius, and we located a photo of a mounted specimen on a museum website, and there is a brief description and photo of a living specimen on Wikipedia.

Lanternfly

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Bright red bug, possibly beetle of some sort?
May 17, 2010
Hi there!
I was hiking in the forest today (may 26 2010), it was a hot sunny day, and came accross this pretty little red bug on a log.It had a red body and head with a black slit down the middle, about 4 red legs, and two long black antennas. I thought it might be some sort of beetle but it could also be a flying bug of some sort as well ? Could you please help me out with this :)
Thanks! 😀
Marita B.
British Columbia

Golden Netwing Beetle

Hi Marita,
Though your photo is quite blurry, this is surely a Golden Netwing Beetle, Sictyopterus aurora.

Stink Bug helps identify self
May 16, 2010
We’ve had brown marmorated stink bugs here (in Central Jersey) since the fall of 2007. The first time I saw one was the day after I saw it posted on your site. So when this one decided to walk on my monitor, I pulled up the page and snapped a shot. (sorry it’s a bit blurry; s/he didn’t stay long). Thought you’d find it amusing.
By the way, my kids want to know CAN stink bugs bite? We know they’ve never bitten us, but could they?
Sara
central NJ

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Hi Sara,
You are right.  We do find your photo terribly amusing.  We would say that Stink Bugs might be able to bite, but we have not heard of an instance.  The most likely biters are probably the predatory species.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

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Burying beetle found by lizard carcass
May 16, 2010
Hi Bugman,
I found this guy a few days ago in the mountains of North Carolina, hovering around a lizard that had been slain by our resident cat. After looking through your archives I’m relatively sure he’s a burying beetle. Thought you might be interested in seeing some action shots!
Thanks for maintaining such a fascinating and educational site
Dakota
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Burying Beetle

Hi Dakota,
Your photos are quite a wonderful documentation of a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus.  Many species look similar, but we believe this may be Nicrophorus carolinus based on photos posted to BugGuide.

Burying Beetle with Dead Lizard

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A strange one to me
May 15, 2010
Hello Daniel,
Never saw one like this before. Three of them were beside and beneath a small snake that had gotten killed by the lawnmower a few days ago. Two appeared to be mateing I moved the little snake with a stick to get a better photo and they scattered in three different directions. They look to have wings but did not attempt to fly instead they wanted to hid beneath the grass. They all were very shy, First glance I thought they were bumble bees from their size and color. But after a closer look they clearly are not. I hope you can help with this one as I don’t have a clue. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
Richard
North Middle Tennessee

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle
Hi Daniel,
I sent a request for an ID along with two images this afternoon…I have since identified it from “Bug Guide” and your website as an “American Carrion Beetle” I should have did some searching before submitting my request. Thanks again and I hope this e-mail gets to you before you go to any trouble with my request. Have a wonderful day.
Richard

American Carrion Beetle

Hi Richard,
We do not consider answering and posting letters to be trouble, and we are most pleased to hear about readers like you who use our resources as well as those on BugGuide to identify creatures they are curious about.  Your letter and photos of the American Carrion Beetle, Necrophila americana, are a wonderful addition to our site archives.

Bug from my metropolitan house in Monterrey, Mexico
May 14, 2010
I have been living in the Monterrey, Mexico area my whole life (36 yr). I´ve seen wear bugs in the country side, but yesterday I found this bug in the garage of my urban house. Would love if somebody help me with the name (don´t know much about bugs, it might be a common insect…) Thanks in advance
Alex
Monterrey, México (urban area)

Female Dobsonfly

Hola Alex,
This is a female Dobsonfly, and she can deliver a somewhat painful, though not dangerous or life threatening bite if provoked.  The male, who has much more developed mandibles, in nearly incapable of biting.

Female Dobsonfly